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A Risk-based Input-Output Methodology for Measuring the Effects of the August 2003 Northeast Blackout

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  • Christopher W. Anderson
  • Joost R. Santos
  • Yacov Y. Haimes
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    The 2003 Northeast Blackout revealed vulnerabilities within the US electric power-grid system. With the economy so dependent on electric power for most aspects of life, a power-grid failure can have far-reaching higher-order effects and can impair the operability of other critical infrastructures. An inoperability of the power sector can result from different types of disasters (e.g., accidents, natural catastrophe, or willful attacks). This paper demonstrates the Inoperability Input-Output Model (IIM) to measure the financial and inoperability effects of the Northeast Blackout. The case study uses information from sources such as the US input-output tables and sector-specific reports to quantify losses for specific inoperability levels. The IIM estimated losses of the same magnitude as other published reports; however, with a detailed accounting of all affected economic sectors. Finally, a risk management framework is proposed to extend the IIM's capability for evaluating investment options in terms of their implementation costs and loss-reduction potentials.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economic Systems Research.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 183-204

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:ecsysr:v:19:y:2007:i:2:p:183-204
    DOI: 10.1080/09535310701330233
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